Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment (MIRE)
MIRE (Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment) is an employment reintegration training program that was established by Portage in April 2002. In its early stages, MIRE received funding from the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon
. Since 2008, it has been fully financed by Emploi-Québec.
First and foremost, MIRE believes that poverty can be defeated. MIRE believes in the potential of its participants and their ability to integrate or reintegrate into the workforce with the support of the therapeutic community model.
The success of the MIRE Program demonstrates that human beings possess an inner strength which empowers them to change their lives. An individual seeking change can grow if they feel validated and confident. In the safe environment of the therapeutic community, participants are given support in a spirit of warmth and understanding.
MIRE’s mission is to help adults who are suffering from social exclusion, poverty, and difficulty integrating or reintegrating into the workforce on a permanent basis. The MIRE Program provides hands-on training to help participants find stable employment.
Bank of Employers
MIRE has developed partnerships with a number of employers in order to offer its participants access to fulfilling jobs.
MIRE also provides participants with employment follow-up and assistance for a two-year period upon completion of the program.
Participating in the MIRE program gives you the tools to succeed in finding a stable and meaningful job!
- Job training and placement program for adults
- Open to individuals with little or no experience in the workforce
- Eight weeks of training with financial support
- Access to quality jobs from a bank of employers
- Help with job placement and retention
- Welcoming environment and competent staff
- Two years of follow-up and support by MIRE staff members
An eight-week simulated work environment focused on skill development
Six weeks of intensive group training:
- Dynamic job search methods
- Self-discovery workshops
- Introduction to computers
- Job seeking tools
- Participation in community projects and social involvement
Two weeks of active job search:
- Job seekers are paired with interesting jobs from MIRE’s bank of employers
- Participants send out their resumes
- Visits to employers
- Follow-up phone calls
- Support groups and individual counseling
The follow-up period of the program emphasises the integration of work and everyday life, as well as the links that can be established with other components of a healthy life: family life, relationships, eating habits, and budgeting. These elements help cultivate a balanced lifestyle and promote job retention.
Over the years, MIRE has established several partnerships with various community and government resources such as local employment centres, safe houses, food banks, etc. MIRE is also a member of the Centre-Sud/Plateau-Mont-Royal Community Economic Development Corporation’s Table de promotion de la main-d’œuvre locale
and the Réseau des services spécialisés de main-d’œuvre
These partnerships keep MIRE on the leading edge of employability practices, which helps the organisation provide participants with the highest quality services.
Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment (MIRE) – Quick Facts
Several groups each year
The MIRE Program has been made possible by the financial support of Emploi Québec.